Connect
To Top

Meet Jahnesta Watson of The Guilty Plate Company in North Dekalb

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jahnesta Watson.

Jahnesta, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am 27 and born in Gulfport, Mississippi. I moved to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina where I graduated high school as valedictorian of my class and later attended Clark Atlanta University. Since I was 12 years old I have always loved to cook. My late grandfather didn’t feel like men should be in the kitchen so I had to sneak to learn. I ended up cooking to pay my way through college but never thought I would start a business. The Guilty Plate Co. LLC x Chef Shaiheem is an Atlanta based catering company that began in 2016 at a point in my life where I was severely overweight and unhappy. When I began meal prepping to lose weight, my closest friend and fraternity brother, suggested that I should go into business for myself. I began simply by offering to prepare meal prep meals for people in the office where I worked at State Farm and things really just took off from there! I truly believe that I have something special in store for anyone who tries my food. I believe I was placed on this Earth to “Spread Light Through Food” and I just want everyone to experience the love I have for my craft because Feeding People is My Love Language.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been without difficulty to keep this going. I have had so many no’s before I began to hear yes. Struggles with customer loyalty and consistency. There was a point where I didn’t cook for a full seven months but something changed for me the summer of 2019. I clawed my way through a very dark place by pouring into love of food and fell in love with the art all over again. I began posting more and trying new things. I challenged myself to cook one thing I had never cooked before each week and people began to order out of nowhere.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Guilty Plate Company story. Tell us more about the business.
I specialize in a variety of cuisine styles. I am always expanding my knowledge base, trying new things, and even taking master classes to get new perspectives on dishes to which I can add my nuanced twist.

What makes me proud about my business is that it was made self sufficiently. I don’t have a team working with me. All food preparation, networking, and marketing is done completely by me. It’s a labor of love that I wouldn’t trade for one moment.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck, I believe in blessings and God’s timing. I fully believe that every setback and disappointment was meant to humble and prepare me to go to higher heights. I’m so excited for all that God is doing in my life.

Contact Info:

Suggest a story: VoyageATL is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • ATL’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in Atlanta has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates...

    Local StoriesDecember 2, 2021
  • Hidden Gems: Local Businesses & Creatives You Should Know

    Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a...

    Local StoriesDecember 1, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesNovember 29, 2021
  • The Folks Solving The Problems You Need Solved

    One of the most important benefits of a thriving small business ecosystem is the myriad of problems and niche issues that...

    Local StoriesOctober 31, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 4

    Voyage is excited to present episode 4 of The Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories show with our wonderful host and sales expert...

    Local StoriesOctober 3, 2021
  • Heart to Heart with Whitley: Episode 4

    You are going to love our next episode where Whitley interviews the incredibly successful, articulate and inspiring Monica Stockhausen. If you...

    Whitley PorterSeptember 1, 2021
  • Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories: Episode 3

    We are thrilled to present Introverted Entrepreneur Success Stories, a show we’ve launched with sales and marketing expert Aleasha Bahr. Aleasha...

    Local StoriesAugust 25, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesAugust 19, 2021
  • Community Member Spotlights

    It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them...

    Local StoriesAugust 9, 2021